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Jakarta Post

Indonesia on alert after minister attacked

  • Ivany Atina Arbi, Ghina Ghaliya and Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 11, 2019   /  09:56 am
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Emergency treatment: Military personnel carry Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto to a helicopter to be medevaced after he was attacked in Pandeglang, Banten, on Thursday. He suffered (AFP/Sammy)

The government has heightened security around the country after a senior minister was attacked with a knife in broad daylight in Pandeglang, Banten, on Thursday. In a rare assault against a high-ranking official, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto was allegedly stabbed by SA, also known as Abu Rara, a man with suspected links to an extremist network. He reportedly attacked the chief security minister as the latter was getting out of his car to attend the inauguration of a university building in Sindanghayu village, Saketi subdistrict. Abu Rara was there with his wife, FA, who has also been named a suspect. They were among the crowd that greeted Wiranto in front of the university building. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed security authorities to take stern action and hunt down the “terrorist network” behind ...